A Word A Day : Uncanny
Friday, 4th January 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
(Comparative : uncannier
Superlative : uncanniest)
Pronunciation : un-kán-nee
1. too strange or unlikely to seem merely natural or human
2. unexpectedly accurate or precise
3. arousing superstitious fear or dread
4. so keen and perceptive as to seem preternatural
5. of a mysteriously strange and usually frightening nature
Late 16th century - UN + CANNY - fortunate - safe (obsolete)
astonishing, astounding, creepy, devilish, eerie, exceptional, extraordinary, fantastic, ghostly, ghoulish, incredible, inexplainable, inspired, magical, miraculous, mysterious, mystifying, preternatural, prodigious, queer, remarkable, scary, secret, singular, spooky, superhuman, supernatural, supernormal, supranormal, unearthly, unheard-of, unnatural, unusual, weird
common, natural, funny, ordinary, silly, pleasant, common, usual
• The uncanny
creatures flew in and out among the trees and tents, now swooping low near the Indians or the travelers.
• Again and again the queen led the girl into the depths and out again, until the uncanny
weirdness of the thing got on my nerves so that I could have leaped into the tank to the child's rescue had I not taken a firm hold of myself.
sounds filled the house.
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